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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown calls on Bush to support $4 billion housing bill

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More than $4 billion in federal funds — $150 million allocated to Ohio — could alleviate the national foreclosure crisis if only it can avoid President George Bush’s veto pen, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

In a media conference call Wednesday, Brown called the housing bill “a question of priorities” and noted the price tag of the Iraq war dwarfs that level of housing support.

“We spend $3 billion a week in Iraq,” Brown said. “While a $4 billion bill is not inexpensive by any means, the money will help put real resources to this (foreclosure) problem

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